We were driving by the Central Business District this week and saw a very familiar sign, raring to open this year in Manila
I was quite excited to find this specialty store finally opening in the Philippines. I loved windowshopping at D&D during my visit in the US. Great news indeed!
It then reminded me of one time I was walking around in a Dean and Deluca branch in Georgetown. It was perhaps the first and only time someone came up to me and invited me to go for a coffee. For a plain Jane back in my country, it was a huge compliment. So huge that I remember it so fondly, given that It happened almost five years ago. I even have a written transcript of what went on during that quick coffee date. It was THAT major for me!
Many people said that the supermarket/grocery/deli is a perfect place to meet good people. Guys who are interested in keeping the house, or stocking the kitchen. Quite attractive if you ask me. But it never happened to me, until then…
And so it happened that I was maxxing out the gift card my tita lent me, buying foodstuff at Dean and Deluca’s..
I had this gift card from Dean and Deluca’s that had some money left. So I spent some time looking for cool things to spend on. I loved this store immensely, I could spend hours scouring through spiffy kitchen stuff at D&D. This hobby had my full and undivided attention. So I was startled when someone suddenly emerged from my back and said,
“You bumped into something.”
“No, I didn’t.”, I said back at him.
“Hahaha, I was just kidding.“, he replied.
I flashed him my sweet smile, and redirected my attention back at my groceries.
He then went on, “Where you from?”
I said, “I’m from the Philippines.“
He asked quickly, “Will you be coming back there anytime soon? I wanna date you.”
I answered, “Im flying home soon. I dont have the time.”
And then he said, “What’s your name?“
“My name is Ginnsey. What’s yours?“
He answered, “Weslin. I wanna take you out.“
I inquired,“How old are you?” (He did look kinda old.)
“45.” Not too old, haha..
“Okay, you can buy me a cup of coffee. Where are you originally from?“
He had this accent I couldn’t quite trace. “Bulgaria.”
We were already walking toward the coffee shop during the small talk.
“Where in Bulgaria? Sofia?“
He said some place that I dont recall. “You know Sofia. You’re smart.”
“Yes, I AM smart. And of course, I know Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. What do you do?“, I asked.
“I’m a digital movie producer, and ship captain in LA. I used to own four clubs in DC. Used to be a realtor too. You’re beautiful.” Weslin explained.
I answered, “I know.” Confidence is key!
“So you said you were leaving. When?” He asked again.
“Sunday, goin’ back to New York.
“Visit me in LA”, he said.
“I am not passing through LA. I’ll go by Sanfo and Vegas. But not LA,” I said.
“Geez you are a busy person. Can I come see you in the Philippines?“
I cordially invited him, “Oh sure you can come and visit the Philippines. And no, Im not a busy person.“
He asked, “What do you do?“
Sabi ko, “You mean, right now? I’m travelling. In real life, I’m a lawyer.“
Then I said, “Do you have a pen?“
He gave me a pen. Then he said, “You’re gonna give me your number?“
I said, “I’m gonna give you my email. Okay, and my mobile in the Philippines. Coz I need to go.”
“Do you need a ride?“, he asked. “I can drive you to where you’re going.“
“No need, I will take the bus. You can walk me down to the bus stop.“
“Okay sure, that’s nearer where I parked. Let me know if I can still see you before Sunday.“
I said, “Okay.”
I just waved goodbye and the bus drove away.
All this happened, in a matter of about 30-45 minutes. Quickest and most intelligent coffee date I’ve had so far, much like what Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy would say in Before Sunrise. (One of my all time favorites, by the way).
Years forward, it hasn’t happened to me again. Back to my boring life….
Have a great week ahead!